Picture of the Month

June 2010



Maned Sloth (Bradypus torquatus)

Atlantic Forest, Brazil


The Maned Sloth is a close relative of the three-toed sloth (count the toes) but unlike its cousin is restricted to the threatened rainforests of coastal Brazil. Known as "the Atlantic Forest" this is one of the most important global hotspots of biodiversity - almost everything here lives nowhere else. It is also one of the most endangered tropical forest ecosystems on earth.

Where once great forests stretched for 1000 miles or more along Brazil's coastline, two of the largest cities on the planet have grown - Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro.  Not surprisingly, much of the habitat for this sloth, and many other species, is left in woeful tatters or has vanished altogether.

This rare sloth was being re-released into the wild after being cared for at a rehabilitation center in Bahia state.  Because of the backlighting sky, I chose to use a flash as the sloth started up a small forest tree. This is one of many pictures of rare animals that I have provided to Arkive, the global database of endangered species. 


Nikon D2x camera, with Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 lens

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Kevin will be serving as the National Geographic photo lecturer on two voyages this year aboard the "National Geographic Explorer".

August 2010 : Polar Bears of Arctic Svalbard , For more information, click here.

November 2010 :  South Georgia and Antarctica.  For more information, click here.




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Review a previous Picture of the Month:

Sarus Cranes, 5/2010

Black-winged Stilts, 4/2010

Macaque/Gibbons, 3/2010

Cormorants, 2/2010

Silky Sifaka, 12/2009

Amazon Dolphin Polo, 11/2009

Yucatan Bats, 10/2009

Gulls and Flies, 8/2009

Callanish Stones, 7/2009

Amazon Dolphins (2), 6/2009

Golden Langur, 5/2009

Island Foxes, 4/2009

Puget Sound, 3/2009

Border Fence, 2/2009

Amazon Islands, 1/2009

King Penguins, 12/2008

Darwin's Fox, 11/2008

Blacktip Shark, 10/2008

Greenland Fisherman. 9/2008

Ladyslipper Orchids, 7/2008

Wild Cassowary, 6/2008

Painted Hands, 5/2008

Zion Park, 4/2008

Marine Otters, 3/2008

Mt. Hood Sunset, 2/2008

Mountain-Biking, 1/2008

Tent Bats, 12/2007

Nunbird, 11/2007

Alaskan Otters, 10/2007

Amazon Dolphin, 8/2007

Madagascar #2, 6/2007

Baja California, 5/2007

Pelicans, 3/2007

Darien Gap, 2/2007

Grey Whale Calf, 1/2007

Galapagos Sea Lion, 12/2006

Rockhoppers, 11/2006

Hummingbird, 10/2006

Madagascar, 9/2006

Whales, 7/2006

Sea Lions, 5/2006

Tiger, 4/2006

Jaguar, 2/2006

South Georgia, 12/2005

New Generation, 11/2005

Childhood, 9/2005

Penguins, 8/2005

Sea Palms, 7/2005

Aster Flower, 6/2005

Siskiyou Mountains, 5/2005

Humpback Whales, 4/2005

Christo GATES , 3/2005

Eucalyptus Leaves, 2/2005

Alaskan Aurora, 1/2005

Nesting Turtle, 12/2004

Autumn Berries, 10/2004

Costa Rica, 3/2004

Aurora Borealis, 10/2003

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